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The Top Gear car review:Mazda Mazda2
What is it like on the road?
A 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol comes in 74, 89 and 113bhp tunes, while a 104bhp 1.5-litre turbodiesel comes with tiny, 89g/km CO₂ emissions. Petrol is typically your best bet in a car like this though, and the mid-ranking 89bhp version that we’ve driven could be the pick of the range, given that the more potent engines sitting above it will set you back at least £15,995. Stiff money for a supermini, that.
The SKYACTIV unit revs cleanly and with linearity, but rev it you must, with the flexible mid-range of its many turbocharged rivals conspicuous by its absence. There’s much to like though, and mated to a slick five-speed manual gearbox, it’s a sweet drivetrain with instant responses in traffic. Know the snickety shift you get in an MX-5 roadster? This gets nicely near to it.
Mazda’s commitment to lightweight construct sees it weigh in at 1,050kg. As a result, it’s imbued with an agility and keenness to change direction that goes hand in hand with its perky little engine. The steering is a shade too, light, but grip is strong and body roll minimal. A Fiesta is sharper still, but the 2 lies firmly at the lively end of the supermini spectrum.